Monday, November 02, 2009

Two Requested Fika Recipes

Cut-out cookies and Chocolate Balls really flew off the platters at our recent Halloween Fika. Hence the recipes are making a requested appearance here on this blog. Both recipes are certainly appropriate for serving at NON Halloween gatherings as well!

CUT-OUT COOKIES (From the Naperville Covenant Church little cookies and bars cookbook recipe by Gail B.)

2 sticks soft butter

2 1/2 c. flour

1 c. confectioners sugar

1 T. milk

1 t. vanilla

Directions: Cream butter. Add flour and sugar alternately. Add milk. Add vanilla. Mix well.

Roll out dough in batches about the size of your fist clenched. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake 9 - 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Decorate with your choice of frosting. This is a no-fail recipe with ingredients you most likely have on hand already. Yum! Anne requests these every year!!

CHOCOLATE BALLS (Translated by Anne from a Swedish cookbook! IKEA has good measuring cups for the metric system)

100 gr. butter (room temperature)

150 ml granulated sugar

1 msk (or 1 T.) vanilla sugar (conf. sugar is a decent substitute)

3 msk (or 3 T.) cocoa powder

500 ml oats

2-3 msk (2-3 T. water)

DIRECTIONS: Combine first the butter and sugar. Add all the other ingredients. Form into balls. Coat with topping of (pick one) pearl sugar (shown in the picture above), flaked coconut

or granulated sugar. Refrigerate - no baking.

As you'll probably notice, there's a whole lot of butter in these recipes. Like Julia Child said,

"There's nothing like butter!" Of course, moderation is always the way to go....right?


Timi + Andrew said...

Yummmm! We also have so called `chocolate balls` in Hungary but we always use small flaked coconut to cover them... sometimes my mom puts sour cherry (without the seed) inside, one in each ball. So good.
I would like to try your recipe but I have a question: what -msk- stands for? or the T? Tablespoon? I am not that good at baking (yet - Ha!) and where can I get the oats?
One thing I have is vanilla sugar that makes every baked goodie much better :) I buy at a Russian store here in Denver...

Timi + Andrew said...

Deb - to answer your Halloween question, the Little Man did not dress up this year... next year we definitely are planning to take him trick or treating though!

The Lindahl News said...

Hi Timi,

Maybe this will help?
. In cooking, these special units are still in use:
. flera matskedar
. 1 tablespoon = 1 matsked# = 1 msk. = 3 teskedar ~= 10^-4.82391 m^3
. 1 teespoon = 1 tesked# = 1 tsk. = 5 kryddm├ątt ~= 10^-5.30102 m^3
. 1 kryddm├ątt[n]# = 1 krm. = 1 ml = 10^-6.00000 m^3

Seems to me that 1 T. is the way to go, huh?

The sour cherry placed inside sounds yummy. I like them with rolled coconut on the outside, just like yours from "home."

The oats are easy to find with the cereals - it's just what oatmeal is before it's cooked up! Quaker is a good brand to go with.

Let's hear it for vanilla sugar - a good tip on where to find it in a Russian store. Mine's actally from Sweden.

These are SUPER easy to make and I think you should go for it!

simplicity said...

Thanks for the recipes. Your cookies turned out so cute!

Timi + Andrew said...

Thanks, Deb! I think I will try it very soon... I like that I don`t have to bake it, it is done so fast and without the hassle of yeast etc...